Posted on May 16, 2010 - by

The Other Side

This was our second TV drama for Redroofs Theatre School.
The 30 minute pilot-style drama was directed by Rupert Such (EastEnders, Casualty, The Bill) and screened at BAFTA in 2010.

From the script:

The Other Side

Keen & Pandini | 2010

[…]

GEMMA:
We had a lovely chat. I learnt a lot. Poor girl.

MIKE:
(MIKE abandons all attempts at self-control at this point)
Poor girl? Are you mad? She’s a gold-digging slapper and how you can think that her motives are anything other than malicious I don’t know…

GEMMA:
You said you’d support her. You told her you loved her.

MIKE:
See? Money. That’s what she’s after. God, I wish I’d never met her that night. She’s been after my wallet all this time and…

GEMMA:
She wants to train to be a nurse, for Christ’s sake. She isn’t after your millions to fund her crack habit. You told her you loved her.

MIKE:
I may have mentioned it. I didn’t mean it. I love you.

GEMMA:
But you loved her? And you didn’t even tell her we had met, let alone that we were getting married?

MIKE:
It was none of her business.

GEMMA:
She has enrolled for the nursing course. Because she thought she could count on you.

MIKE:
And I thought I could count on you, Gemma. But it seems I can’t. God, we’ve only been married eight hours and already you’re taking sides against me with some girl you don’t know, I don’t care about and who, sure as hell, doesn’t care about you.

GEMMA:
She cared enough to tell me the truth. Which is more than

MIKE:
So you think I should have told you? It would have hurt you. I didn’t want to hurt you.

GEMMA:
I would have dealt with it. But now I have to deal with the fact that you are a coward.

MIKE:
You really are taking her side in this, aren’t you? Falling for the ‘poor little me’ routine?

GEMMA:
I don’t think it was a routine. She, she knew stuff about you. Stuff I knew. Stuff I thought I was the only person who did know. And she had the guts to come up here and tell me.

MIKE:
So. So what now? Are you leaving?

GEMMA:
That’s typical. You would only think in terms of giving up straight away. No. No, I’m not leaving. But I need to think.

GEMMA stands and moves towards the door. MIKE takes her words to mean that everything is alright and goes to touch her – looking to seduce rather than sympathise.

MIKE:
(whispers in an attempt to be seductive)
I knew you’d come round to my side, Peachy.

GEMMA slaps MIKE in the face.

GEMMA:
I’m not on your side. And I’m not on hers. I’m on my side. That’s the truth.

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